Letter written by Dwight W. Stannard, private in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment from Head Quarters first AC, Culpepper City to his wife on May 1, 1864

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Letter written by Dwight W. Stannard, private in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment from Head Quarters, 1st Artillary Company, Culpepper, Virginia, on May 1, 1864, to his wife, Alma C. Stannard of Oneida County, New York: a machine readable transcription

PAGE IMAGEHead Quarters first AC (1st Artillary Company)
Culpeper City (Culpeper, Virginia)   May th 1 1864
My Dear Wife (Stannard, Dwight W. (Mrs., Alma C. Simmons)) (Stannard, Alma C. (Mrs. Dwight W. Stannard)) (Simmons, Alma C. (Mrs. Dwight W. Stannard))

I recived (received) your
kind letter the other night and
was glad to hear from you and
to hear that you are well as this
leaves me the same you say that
you have not had enny (any) letter
from me sins (since) you went
home I dont see what the reason
is for my part I have answered
all that you have rote (wrote) now
alma (Stannard, Alma C. (Mrs. Dwight W. Stannard)) I have some bad news
to tell you I have got to go
to my regt in the morning
for good but it cant be helped
morse (Morse) done all he could for
me and he tryed (tried) to get me

PAGE IMAGEa nother (another)  plase (place) but they are bound
to have all in the ranks that they
can this spring but I will try
and take care of my self as
well as I can but I think I have
got some hard fiting (fighting) to do
yet befour (before) my time is out
but I shall try and get a nother (another)
deatil (detail) as soon as I can if
I was ever fated to do enny (any) thing
it is to go back to the regt
for I have thout (thought) I would get
home a live but I give it up
now for I think we have got
to do some hard fiting (fighting) this
sumer (summer) I would give my bounty
not to go in a nother (another)  fite (fight)
not that I am a fraid but I
have got thou (through) so far and I
dont like to risk it enny (any)
more because I mite (might)  git (get) one
the first thing and I mite (might) go
thou (through) the hole (whole) and not git (get) a
PAGE IMAGEscrach (scratch) but I hope things will
come out all rigt (right) in the end
and I will return home all
safe and sound but their (there)
is a big risk to run if I
was at home now and know what
I know now a bout this thing
now it would take a big pile
of money to hire me to run
the risk that I have got to run
for the next five monts (months) but I
hope for the bes (best) I want you
should take good care of your
self and boy and I will do the
best I can for you and try
and look out for my self and
as soon as I get my pay I will
send it to you have you sent
me enny (any)  tobactoe (tobacco) yet if you can
I would like to have you and
I will do as much for you
some time if I should live to
get home you say that you
PAGE IMAGE have sent me some
mapel (maple)  shuger (sugar) I hope I will get
it but it is doubtfull now
I suppose this will bother you a good
deal but I hop (hope) you wont say as
some women do I dont care
if he does go back to the regt for
I want to get home once more
I think we will move this
weak (week) and this my (may) be the last
letter that you will ever get from
me and if it should be I
hope you will take care of your
self and boy and not have folks
talk a bout you as some folks talk
a bout other soldiers wives this
is all for this time write soon
and a good long letter this from
your ever true husband as long
as I live

yours truly Dwight W Stannard (Stannard, Dwight W.)

Direct your
letters to the regt

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